Dr Tessa Richards is a senior editor at the BMJ and leads the BMJs patient partnership initiative. She trained at Guys Hospital in London and worked in the NHS as a general physician and rheumatologist and subsequently a general practitioner before joining the BMJ editorial staff. In 2001 she took over the BMJ Analysis section and established its Overdiagnosis series which is part of the BMJs campaign against “Too Much Medicine.” She is a member of the Royal College of Physicians and the Royal College of General Practitioners , a BMJ columnist and blogs regularly on patient perspectives. Past experience at the BMJ includes leading the journals general practice, medical education , clinical reviews, and Analysis sections. She has also written series on medical education, medicine in India, Health Maintainence Organisations and EU affairs. Theme issues she has produced include Partnering with Patients and a series on Patient Centred Care. Interests include, patient empowerment, international health and European health policy Her professional interest in patient partnership has been advanced by her experience as a carer for close family members with rheumatoid arthritis, dementia, and blindness, and living with stage 1V adrenal cancer, pernicious anaemia and hyperparathyroidism.